What are some healthy and (very) easy to cook meals?

My favorites-and we're having one tonight-are Glorious One-Pot Meals. The idea was developed by Elizabeth Yarnell in her book of the same name, but don't bother with the book: her recipes run bland plus the dishes are quite easy to improvise. You'll need a 2-qt cast-iron pot. She strongly recommends enameled cast iron, which I admit doesn't require seasoning, but regular cast iron works fine. For $20 you can get Stansport Cast Iron 2-Quart Dutch Oven, without Legs - Walmart.com. You can easily remove the two wire handles (and replace them if you ever want to hang the pot over a fire). And for $30 (currently) you can get at Macy's a 2-qt round casserole in Blueberry from the Martha Stewart Collection (regular price $99).

You can browse my own GOP meals here. After reading a few of those recipes, you'll get the idea.

Oil the inside of the pot (including under the lid) with olive oil. Put the food in layers. An example, from the bottom up:

1/2 cup pearled barley
1 bunch of scallions chopped, including green part
1 carrot diced
3/4–1 lb pork chops, cut into bite-size pieces
salt and pepper
6–8 cloves garlic, minced
1/2–1 bell pepper (green, red, yellow or orange), chopped
1 jalapeño, chopped, if you like spicy
Your choice of: diced squash, diced zucchini (or combination), chopped sugar snap peas, chopped broccolini, chopped broccoli, asparagus cut into 1″ sections... really, just about anything
4 Roma tomatoes sliced

In a small jar mix 1.5 tablespoons olive oil, juice of a lemon, dash of Worcestershire sauce. Shake well and pour over.

Put on lid, put in pre-heated 450ºF oven for 45 minutes. Remove, let stand covered for 15 minutes, and serve. It makes 2–4 meals, depending on how hungry you are. Yarnell says it's 2 meals, but she uses 4 portions of rice in her recipes.


Healthy and easy are now possible thanks to many online recipes. I will share below my favorite healthy, easy meals:

  • Oven baked Fresh salmon topped with garlic and Parmesan. All you need is 3 Salmon fillets, 1 lb Asparagus, 6 Garlic cloves and 1/4 cup of fresh parsley. Bake in the preheated oven at 400 F for about 15-20 minutes. Make sure to buy wild salmon., because it is much healthier. You can find more info here: The risks and benefits of eating farmed vs. wild salmon
  • Healthy tuna wraps. 1/2 Avocado +1/2 Carrots+1/2 Cucumber+ 1/2 Red onion and canned tuna. Use tortilla bread to make it.
  • Turkey and sprout sandwich on a whole wheat mini bagel, cucumber slices, salted edamame, pretzels and hummus, cherry tomatoes, hard-boiled egg, blueberries and strawberries, and a few chocolate-covered cherries for dessert. (pictured below)
  • Chicken salad, steamed green beans, roasted potatoes, crackers, mini pear, strawberries, and chocolate-covered cherries. (pictured below)

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